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Gainesville's midtown prospects hinge on redeveloping abandoned jail

Gainesville's midtown prospects hinge on redeveloping abandoned jail

Jason Everett can barely stand to look at the jail in midtown Gainesville, but it’s hard not to notice on his way to work.

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Hall County faces appeal in lawsuit over sidewalk bonds

Hall County faces appeal in lawsuit over sidewalk bonds

Hall County is facing further court action in a dispute over bonds that were issued to pay for sidewalks in three subdivisions.

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Dawson County officers dispute claims in citizen journalist’s lawsuit

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office officials named in a federal lawsuit in May by a Roswell citizen journalist have responded, claiming her “alleged injuries ...

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Report shows Gainesville police boosting number of Hispanic officers on force

The Gainesville Police Department accreditation report shows the agency with its “highest level of minority employees.”

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Details of Gainesville school board’s Enota discussion not yet released

The controversy over a new building for Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy has extended to minutes of two Gainesville school board meetings.

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Brexit vote: How will it affect us here?

The shock waves of British voters’ decision to leave the European Union began almost immediately after the polling booths closed Thursday night. The British pound ...

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South Hall County residents petition to stop plans for exit 14

The Georgia Department of Transportation's plans to build an interchange connecting Martin Road on the east side of Interstate 985 to H.F. Reed ...

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Flowery Branch man dies after motorcycle wreck

A Flowery Branch man died recently after suffering serious injuries when his motorcycle struck a retaining wall in Flowery Branch, according to Georgia State Patrol.

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Police officer’s broken nose leads to new charges for Buford murder suspect

Police officer’s broken nose leads to new charges for Buford murder suspect

A Buford man charged with beating his father to death with a crowbar picked up new charges for allegedly punching an officer in the face ...

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Law enforcement operation cracks down on distracted driving

Law enforcement operation cracks down on distracted driving

About 90 citations were issued by Gainesville Police officers Thursday during the first three hours of a traffic operation running through this weekend.

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Gainesville Rotary Club reaches key giving milestone

All 182 members of the Gainesville Rotary Club have committed to contributing $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation, a first for the club.

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Windows to healing: Braselton hospital unveils themed stained-glass

Windows to healing: Braselton hospital unveils themed stained-glass

Five story-themed stained glass windows were recently installed at the chapel of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Braselton campus.

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Supreme Court's 4-4 vote sinks Obama's immigration policy

WASHINGTON — An ideologically deadlocked Supreme Court dealt a severe blow Thursday to President Barack Obama’s immigration reform plan, casting the November election as a ...

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2 from DeKalb charged with meth trafficking in Hall

2 from DeKalb charged with meth trafficking in Hall

Two people from DeKalb County have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, according to Hall County authorities.

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Truck driver rescues victims from fiery crash; 5 hurt

A truck driver witnessing a crash Thursday afternoon in Gainesville helped three people out of their vehicle before it was engulfed in flames, according to ...

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State program expands to Gainesville, Hall schools to help poor students attain higher education

A state educational program designed to increase access to higher education is expanding to 25 new school systems, including Gainesville and Hall County, and launching ...

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Free Chapel senior pastor to serve on Trump advisory board

Donald Trump has named Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Gainesville-based Free Chapel, to his evangelical executive advisory board.

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Police: Buford man beat father to death with crowbar

Police: Buford man beat father to death with crowbar

A Buford man has been charged with murder in the Wednesday crowbar beating death of his father.

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Gainesville's jobless rate falls to 3.8 percent for May

Unemployment has dropped below 4 percent in the Gainesville metro area, the Georgia Department of Labor reported today, and remains the lowest rate in the ...

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Students taste-test possible school lunch recipes

Students taste-test possible school lunch recipes

New main dishes and vegetables were on the menu Wednesday when Hall County students from kindergarten to middle school were “taste testers” for potential recipes ...

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Cresswind residents form charitable group to support local activities

About 40 residents of Cresswind at Lake Lanier have formed a charitable group, Cresswind LL Community Fund, to support charitable, educational and cultural activities in ...

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Gainesville pipe fabricator assessed $49K in fines

Gainesville pipe fabricator assessed $49K in fines

A Gainesville pipe fabricator faces a penalty of $49,375 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after multiple citations.

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5 marijuana plants, 8 firearms seized in drug investigation

5 marijuana plants, 8 firearms seized in drug investigation

A 63-year-old Hall County man was charged with manufacturing marijuana after five plants were seized in a search, according to authorities.

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Authorities: 1,200 pills from Thailand seized in drug investigation

Authorities: 1,200 pills from Thailand seized in drug investigation

A package containing 1,200 pills from Thailand was seized Tuesday in Jefferson through a controlled delivery by local and federal authorities.

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Tumbling Creek bridge, downtown Gainesville bypass projects awarded state funds

A pair of prominent local road projects are closer to becoming a reality.

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Local members of Congress follow party lines in raging gun debate

WASHINGTON — Rebellious Democrats disrupted the House’s legislative work on Wednesday, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured ...

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McEver Road back open after tanker truck fire

McEver Road back open after tanker truck fire

A truck containing tar caught fire Wednesday afternoon and shut down McEver Road for an hour.

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GO VIDEO: Best spots to grab a bite (not the fishing kind) on Lake Lanier

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Ban on adoptions from Russia will be focus of panel tonight

Ban on adoptions from Russia will be focus of panel tonight

Following years of families hanging in limbo, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, wants to address the 2012 Russian adoption ban.

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Amazon expects to hire 500 for new distribution center in Braselton

Amazon will add a new 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Braselton and hire about 500 people.

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Residents offer input on managing growth

Residents offer input on managing growth

Everyone knows the growth is coming.

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Buford man pleads guilty to defrauding investors of $3.2 million

Buford man pleads guilty to defrauding investors of $3.2 million

A Buford man pleaded guilty last week to defrauding 11 investors of $3.2 million, according to court documents.

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Drought is fully upon us, with no real rain in sight

Drought is fully upon us, with no real rain in sight

It doesn’t seem so long ago when rain couldn’t stop falling. Now, we could go days between raindrops.

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Hall County Health Department recognized for efforts to prevent child sexual abuse

The Hall County Health Department has achieved “Partner in Prevention,” a nationally-recognized public standard to end child sexual abuse.

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Charges increase for woman accused in armed robbery

Charges increase for woman accused in armed robbery

A Gainesville woman accused of being part of an armed robbery duo has new charges following an indictment last week, according to authorities.

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DOT agrees with Lula that Cobb Street bridge should be repaired

DOT agrees with Lula that Cobb Street bridge should be repaired

The historic Cobb Street bridge in Lula must be repaired by July 8 or Norfolk Southern Railroad will face a fine of up to $500 ...

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Georgia Chamber of Commerce maps out action plan through 2030

Georgia Chamber of Commerce maps out action plan through 2030

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is mapping a plan of action for the next 14 years, and it came to Gainesville on Tuesday to solicit ...

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Oct. 31 trial date set in Georgia-Florida water wars case

A trial is set to begin Oct. 31 over allegations that Georgia residents are drinking up too much water before the resource reaches Florida.

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Glass recycling not profitable; Red Oak stops, county continues

Glass recycling not profitable; Red Oak stops, county continues

One private hauler of recycled materials will quit accepting glass July 1 for economic reasons, but the Hall County Recycling Center continues to process glass.

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Public input needed for Hall's comprehensive plan update

Hall County is moving forward with its comprehensive plan update to guide and manage growth through 2040, and officials are encouraging residents to join the ...

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Gainesville school system to hire more teachers, give raises

Gainesville City Schools will spend about $68 million in its general fund budget for the next school year — an increase of nearly $4 million over ...

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Anti-LGBT marquee sign at Buford church vandalized

Anti-LGBT marquee sign at Buford church vandalized

A Buford church’s sign, which read in part “Satan made gays and transgender,” was covered in black paint between Sunday night and Monday morning ...

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508-acre waterfront development gets planners’ OK

508-acre waterfront development gets planners’ OK

A proposed 508-acre waterfront development in South Hall near the Jackson County line got the Hall County Planning Commission’s approval Monday night.

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Called meeting, Enota school action draw opposition

The Gainesville city school board was accused Monday night of “violating our charter,” of displaying “contempt” toward the community and was asked to “get back ...

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Hall officials unveil 2017 budget proposal, which includes employee raises, no property tax increase

The public got its first look Monday at Hall County’s proposed 2017 fiscal year budget, which includes no property tax increases and earmarks money ...

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Sammy Smith named to UGA Board of Visitors

Sammy Smith named to UGA Board of Visitors

Sammy Smith, member of the Gainesville City Schools Board of Education, has been named to the University of Georgia’s Board of Visitors.

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United Way collecting donations Tuesday for Day of Action

United Way of Hall County is seeking donations Tuesday as part of its Day of Action.

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One adult killed, one child seriously hurt in Friday rollover wreck in Braselton

A Jefferson woman died and a child suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle wreck Friday morning on Interstate 85 in Braselton.

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No serious injuries reported in morning wrecks that backed up I-985

Both directions of Interstate 985 were plagued by three wrecks this morning, all attributed to drivers following too closely, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

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Ministries seek to help homeless under bridge, resource list compiled

Ministries seek to help homeless under bridge, resource list compiled

As spring gives way to summer, the homeless camp beneath the Queen City Bridge in Gainesville becomes more crowded, a desolate place to rest for ...

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White County ends partnership with YMCA

The Georgia Mountains YMCA, headquartered in Gainesville, is losing its White County operations after the White County Commission voted 3-2 to take back its parks ...

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508-acre waterfront development goes to Hall planning board

508-acre waterfront development goes to Hall planning board

A proposed 508-acre waterfront development in South Hall near the Jackson County line has the blessing of Hall County planning officials as long as certain ...

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Expect delays this week on Spout Springs Road at Sterling on the Lake

Motorists can expect some delays this week on Spout Springs Road as road crews clear brush and vegetation in preparation for a traffic light at ...

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Firefighters battle fire in northwestern Hall County

Firefighters battle fire in northwestern Hall County

Hall County Fire Services responded Sunday afternoon to a residential fire in the 7000 block of Spring Valley Drive off Barkers Bend in northwestern Hall ...

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Group seeks to plant seeds of healing for women escaping sex trafficking

For women escaping the sex trafficking industry, opportunities to start over new are slim, and places they can go to heal fully are even fewer.

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Father-son bridge builders span generations

Father-son bridge builders span generations

Jacob Greer has at least one very good reason to be thankful on Father’s Day.

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Flowery Branch student has designs on national tech prize

Flowery Branch student has designs on national tech prize

A junior at Flowery Branch High School will be the first student from her school to compete at the national conference of the Technology Student ...

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Water loss from leaks can drain big bucks from cities, customers

Gainesville recovered nearly 59 million gallons of water in the first five years of a leak detection program, saving an estimated $126,000 in the ...

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Judge recommends dismissal of jail immigration lawsuit

A federal magistrate judge recommended this month the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the immigration program in place at the Hall County Jail, according to ...

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Braselton family-run frame shop offers many creative options

Braselton family-run frame shop offers many creative options

Whether it’s a piece of art, a limited edition print or a family heirloom, preserving it properly is important to those who own it.

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SLIDESHOW: Four Tops bring back memories at botanical garden concert

SLIDESHOW: Four Tops bring back memories at botanical garden concert

The classic R&B group The Four Tops performed Saturday night at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy in Gainesville, giving concertgoers musical ...

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Symphony fans savor sweet summer sounds at Smithgall Arts Center

Symphony fans savor sweet summer sounds at Smithgall Arts Center

The Arts Council and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 40th annual Gainesville show Saturday with a night of light orchestral pieces under the stars ...

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State lawmakers ponder tax break for music industry

A legislative working group, perhaps hoping to spawn the next Allman Brothers Band, REM or Outkast, will review possible tax incentives for the Georgia music ...

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Braselton woman collects ‘heartfelt notes’ for Orlando victims

Braselton woman collects ‘heartfelt notes’ for Orlando victims

A Braselton woman is collecting “love notes” to send to the families and friends of the victims of Sunday’s fatal attack at a gay ...

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Hall County native gets ‘Daisy’ nursing award from Emory Hospital

Hall County native gets ‘Daisy’ nursing award from Emory Hospital

A Hall County native was named a “Daisy” award winner earlier this month at Emory Hospital.

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SLIDESHOW: Lanier Tech grants diplomas to 985 in 50th commencement

SLIDESHOW: Lanier Tech grants diplomas to 985 in 50th commencement

Lanier Technical College held its 2016 commencement Friday night at Free Chapel, awarding 235 degrees, 394 diplomas and 631 certificates.

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Hall solicitor general discusses dangers of teens 'sexting'

Hall solicitor general discusses dangers of teens 'sexting'

All the kids are doing it.

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Former Hall fire battalion chief denies harassment charge, attorney says

Former Hall fire battalion chief denies harassment charge, attorney says

A former Hall County Fire Services battalion chief denied any sort of intimidation or threats of county employees, his attorney said Friday.

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Man indicted on rape charge from 2013 case

Man indicted on rape charge from 2013 case

A 61-year-old man was indicted this month on a charge of rape from 2013, according to authorities.

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VIDEO: Highlights from last weekend's Battle of the Bands at Lanier Islands

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Buford teen killed, 3 others hurt in crash near dam


Williams is new Brenau dean of College of Education

Williams is new Brenau dean of College of Education

Eugene Williams, who has been a Brenau University professor since 2008, has been named dean of the College of Education.

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Hospital’s garden is latest stop for visitor studying nature’s health benefits

Hospital’s garden is latest stop for visitor studying nature’s health benefits

The truth of grandma’s sayings about the benefits of gardening and nature was a subject for conversation Thursday in Anne’s Garden at the ...

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Hall County plans worker raises, no tax increase in 2017 budget

Employee pay raises are at the fore of a $97 million spending plan Hall County officials are considering for the 2017 fiscal year.

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Stalled Flowery Branch subdivision to rise from the weeds

An Arizona-based developer got the green light Thursday to get bulldozers moving again on a 53-acre Flowery Branch subdivision that had been killed by the ...

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